Medieval chest

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My medieval chest

I like going to museums. The prehistoric period and the Early Middle Ages are particularly interesting to me because the artifacts of the time are rougher and each piece handmade. What attracts me the most are all the small irregularities and deviations that appear due to the procedures in the making. I give a lot of attention to forged artifacts. Weapons have a specific usage and for this reason they are made with accuracy. So I prefer a forged gate or a window grill. I also like medieval chests, which were used not only for storing possessions but also as suitcases for traveling, or as a bench or a chair at home. Not all of them were made carelessly and without a special attention; some chests are masterpieces. They are adorned with carved wood and skillfully forged framework.

 

creating-medieval-chest

creating medieval chest

/What attracts me the most are all the small irregularities and deviations that appear due to the procedures in the making. I give a lot of attention to forged artifacts./

However, the early chests and those which were used for traveling or owned by less wealthy people are simpler. They are more practical and less elaborate. I don’t know why, but I like the simpler chests more. Maybe because they seem real and true. And they also have a very long history and have had many owners. The owners were born, got married, had their ups and downs, and died. The chests remained and were passed on to new owners. The wood is badly damaged and it turned dark; the iron rusted many times and rubbed the rust off again. These chests tell us about craftsmen that made them and about many generations that the chests were bequeathed to in wills. When I set myself upon making my own chest, I stumbled upon many hidden traps. They opened my eyes and taught me to appreciate old masters and their skills even more. I also learned that the pieces of furniture must have cost a small fortune and were unattainable for many people.

                      /These chests tell us about craftsmen that made them and about many generations that the chests were bequeathed to in wills./

 

Igor Kanop, Creative iron

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